LIVERMORE -- Military veterans can get plenty of great insider information about college at a free two-day seminar to be hosted by Las Positas College.
The college's Veterans First program is hosting its sixth annual event, "Operation Gateway: A Veteran's Transition to Success," on July 17-18.
"There are a couple of key purposes," event coordinator Todd Steffan said. "One is for veterans who are just getting out of the service and going to college and even more specifically going to Las Positas, to provide them with the services that will get them ready for the first day of school.
"It's catered just for vets. We do presentations and workshops where they'll sit and do the financial aid application, for example."
The other main purpose is to bring together veterans at an event just for them.
"I hear it over and over again from veterans that they're more fearful of going to college than they are of going to combat," Steffan said. This event "brings together that camaraderie they have in the service."
Operation Gateway will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 17 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18. The Blue Star Moms of Danville will provide snacks and drinks both days. Pleasanton military families will help with a dinner on July 17, while the Livermore chapter of Knights of Columbus will host a barbecue lunch July 18.
"It's kind of cool how the entire community comes together to support these returning vets," Steffan said.
Veterans who choose to attend the event and enroll at Las Positas will get textbook stipends. Last school year, Las Positas had more than 400 veterans or active-duty military personnel enrolled at the college.
Operation Gateway is free to attend. Space it limited, so early registration is recommended. Register by calling Steffan at 925-424-1571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The college is at 3000 Campus Hill Drive. Parking is $2. Learn more about the event at laspositascollege.edu/veterans.